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    • sashybo
    • By sashybo 2nd Jan 17, 10:55 PM
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    Sashybo - Back Again
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    • 2nd Jan 17, 10:55 PM
    Sashybo - Back Again 2nd Jan 17 at 10:55 PM
    Hi all, has been a good long while this time since I've had a diary, think this is number 4 overall. My last diary can be found HERE.

    Current debt now under 10K. This is mostly made up of loans we had to take out to cover the negative equity of the flat we sold a couple of years ago.

    I must admit we have slipped occasionally and had to do a couple of BT's etc as got into a bit more debt when we bought a new house & wanted shiny new things to go in it.

    Overall, things are headed in the right direction but now we have a new challenge as DH & I are expecting a baby in May.

    I only get 3 months full pay then 3 months half pay on maternity leave in my job & won't be able to go back full time as we both do shift work and there's no way to work childcare around the shifts we do (7 days in a row & many unsociable hours to boot). So we'll have to reduce the spending & batter the debt as will have a smaller income.

    So I've come crawling back - I find having a diary here does help to keep me focused and stop so much silly spending.
    Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

    PAD started 27/01/09 - £11,890 extra paid off debt. Total Debt paid off £57,073
    Loan £543, CC 0% BT £55, Car loans £19,334.35

    Have a Debt Free Diary to try & keep spending in check.
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    • sashybo
    • By sashybo 8th Jan 19, 1:29 PM
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    Had to continue in another post as the one before was getting epically long.

    DH phoned up our mortgage company yesterday as our fixed rate deal ends in April. They sent a letter saying that if we move to a new deal with them then they move you onto the new deal straightaway. We were looking at staying with them on a new fixed rate deal anyway as it saves going through all the paperwork & affordability checks etc that could cause us some grief. He was thinking about reducing the term on the mortgage from 25 to 20 years too.

    DH spoke to a very helpful lady who told us not to reduce the term as this is then classed as a new application & you have to redo all the paperwork & financial checks.

    She said instead to switch to the new fixed rate deal we were looking at (still over 25 years) & once that is all set up then to phone back & ask to overpay enough each month in order to reduce the mortgage term by 5 years.

    She said that way they can make sure we don't hit the yearly overpayment limit & they can amend the DD for us. It also means that if we were struggling we could reduce the DD back down to the new monthly payment, which is £180 less than our current payment.

    So pretty pleased with the good customer service & the better mortgage deal we'll be on as well. Our mortgage interest rate will be reducing from 4% to 2.19% so a good saving for us.
    Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

    PAD started 27/01/09 - £11,890 extra paid off debt. Total Debt paid off £57,073
    Loan £543, CC 0% BT £55, Car loans £19,334.35

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    • sashybo
    • By sashybo 10th Jan 19, 9:12 PM
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    Put out 2 black bags of stuff for the charity collection yesterday morning, 2 less bags of stuff cluttering the house. I have started another bag & sat it at the top of the stairs so I can put things in it as I come across them.

    So, I'll never find out who Andy & Grace are. The company replied saying that email was sent in error (no, really!) and said which pillow was which according to the codes on each. No explanation as to why they hadn't been labelled in the first place though, not terribly impressed. Will give the pillows a shot but will send back if they're not right.

    Exhausted after two early shifts, went to Mr M's on the way home yesterday & Mr Al's on the way home today so all stocked up. I got a new changing mat for DS as they had them for £3.99 & also got a potty for £3.99. I know DS is too young to use it yet but thought it might be a good idea to keep it in the bathroom & he can even try sitting on it (fully clothed) when he feels like it.

    My sister cut both DS & my hair yesterday which was good of her and saved me £30.

    Got part of my order from wilk0s - the two storage drawer units. Have put both in a cupboard each downstairs & they have helped already as I had to tidy the walk in cupboards & brush the floor before moving them in. The cupboard with the one giant shelf that DH put in is so much tidier. Everything is much neater as I sorted it out & can see everything now when I open the door. The other unit has hats, gloves & scarves in it, underneath the coat hooks, which frees up a drawer upstairs.

    I sorted out the drawer units as soon as I got home after unpacking the shopping. I knew that if I sat down it wouldn't get done.

    Going to a friend's for lunch tomorrow with DS & DH, I will probably stay for a while afterwards for some wine & DH will take DS home.
    Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

    PAD started 27/01/09 - £11,890 extra paid off debt. Total Debt paid off £57,073
    Loan £543, CC 0% BT £55, Car loans £19,334.35

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    • sashybo
    • By sashybo 13th Jan 19, 12:30 PM
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    Had a nice time at my friends & didn't even have a hangover. Drank lots of water before bed though.

    Got my undershelf storage baskets & have put them in the cupboard with the giant shelf so they hang underneath it. Using it for overflow tins of things that don't fit in my tin cupboard. Makes things a bit tidier anyway.

    Have also managed to clear a bit of worktop space & the kitchen looks so much better in general now.

    My family are driving me mad, we were talking about going on a short break to a lodge for my mum's 60th but her birthday is in July so peak time & there are 12 of us including the kids. 2 nights is looking like £800 which is too much in my opinion.

    That's before food, entertainment or petrol money. I said why don't we do it either before or after peak times because it's too expensive. My mum had a slight paddy as she wants to go for her birthday & no one can agree on where to go. Starting to think this may be a recipe for disaster.

    I think maybe a big day trip & dinner would be better and a lot less expensive. Have a feeling my mum will fall out with me if I suggest it but literally none of us can afford this! We have been putting some money away but only have about £260 between all of us as I thought we would be doing some kind of offer or voucher so it would be cheaper. Blinking families.
    Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

    PAD started 27/01/09 - £11,890 extra paid off debt. Total Debt paid off £57,073
    Loan £543, CC 0% BT £55, Car loans £19,334.35

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    • sashybo
    • By sashybo 17th Jan 19, 11:12 PM
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    The outcome of the family drama is that we're going to give my mum the money we've saved & she can book a short holiday with friends and we'll all just go out for dinner.

    I'm glad it's been decided & this way there's not as much potential for arguments/falling out. Also my mum isn't very fond of my brother's girlfriend so there would probably have been an argument there too.

    My mum is very hard on my brother's gf & takes offence/snaps quite easily at her. I actually feel sorry for her as my mum's not always been the nicest to her. She is a bit strange with us (myself & my sister) & seems to resist getting to know us but not sure how much of that is due to her & how much is due to my mum's behaviour. I think the main issue is that my brother keeps saying he wants to leave her but never does. He says he wants to live in the same house as his DD.

    On the subject of families, my MIL is coming up for the weekend tomorrow. I'm working late shift tomorrow but have managed to get Saturday off work. Today I cleaned the bathrooms & did a couple of washings. DH is going to do the tidying & hoovering tomorrow since I'm working. Will have to see what he's planning on feeding her & DS whilst I'm at work. She'll be delighted when she arrives as I'll be at work all night so she'll have her son & grandson to herself.

    I also did a quick top-up shop at Mr Al's & Mr M's today so hopefully we won't need anything else over the weekend.

    Have booked our first overnight stay away without DS for the start of March. I found a deal for dinner, bed & breakfast at a nice hotel for £139. I've never been away from DS overnight so am feeling a bit nervous. I know he'll be fine with my mum and it's good for him in the long run, well actually good for all of us but it'll still be weird for me. DS is nearly 20 months old now ( how did that happen?!) so we need to do it sooner rather than later.

    We're having a practice run at the end of this month as both DH & I are working early shifts one day (6am starts) so DS is going to stay overnight with my mum & I can collect him on the way home from work the next day. We've had the same issue with early shifts before but my mum just stayed over at our house, fingers crossed he's ok overnight at hers.

    Not much else to report except I've got the Waffle doggy theme tune stuck in my head. DS is quite obsessed with it as it has a dog and a cat (his two favourite things in the world) & we watch two episodes after dinner most days. He tries to sing the theme tune which is very cute but the blinking song gets stuck in your head forever. Also the parents on that programme are very annoying at times. I was actually explaining the family set up to my mum & sister the other day. I think I've been thinking about it too much.
    Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

    PAD started 27/01/09 - £11,890 extra paid off debt. Total Debt paid off £57,073
    Loan £543, CC 0% BT £55, Car loans £19,334.35

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    • sashybo
    • By sashybo 23rd Jan 19, 11:58 AM
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    Well my MIL wasn't too bad over the weekend apart from another moan about the cross trainer that's in the guest room where she stays when she's here. She always asks if I use it in a way that implies that obviously I don't use it so I should get rid of it. I do actually use it, just not as regularly as I should.

    MIL also had a moan about the (admittedly expensive) oven that DH wants to get. We've just been looking to be honest as don't have the money & hoping the price comes down, no plans to buy one straightaway. I think in the end I might be able to talk DH into going for the model down which is cheaper. Anyway she was having a rant about why did we need WiFi on an oven. I told her to ask her son because I didn't know & it was him that wanted that particular oven. I couldn't be bothered with the moaning, what does it matter to her what type of oven we have?

    MIL also spent many fruitless hours trying to shoo the cats off the worktops & out of rooms. She always tries to lock them out of rooms & I just open the doors again. She asked my DH if we would get another cat when one of our current two goes to the great cat bed in the sky. DH said yes & she appeared to be scandalised by this answer. I don't understand her. *sigh*

    Feeling pretty tired after two late shifts & the weather has been pretty cold, had some snow the other day. Had to scrape my car twice last night, once when moving my car from one car park to the nearer one at work & again when it was time to go home.

    Have been ordering things for the latest 60th birthday at work. Managed to get enough money so far for a print & an engraved bottle of nice champagne. Luckily I know the person quite well so this present was easier to organise.

    Trying to catch up on the pile of washing in the house, need to hoover as well. Will maybe take DS out for a short walk later.

    We have a leak under the kitchen sink, looks like one of the big pipes hasn't been threaded properly when it was screwed together. We had a problem with this sink when we moved in as well. DH thinks we should just be able to unscrew the pipe & re-screw it on properly & that should sort it. Fingers crossed.

    I emptied the cupboard out & cleaned it last night when I got home from work (water was trickling out of it ) so that DH can hopefully sort it when he gets home today. Luckily I had plastic protectors down in the cupboard so it doesn't look like there's too much damage from the leak. I did notice that I have lots of cleaning products in there that I don't really use so have to try & actually use them.

    Also ordered a sanctuary gift set to be sent to MIL for her birthday as Superdrug were doing 50% off them & I know she likes their stuff. At least that's done, DH had no clue what to get her, asked her & she helpfully said she didn't know.

    0% CC is down to £170 so will be gone in two months at the most. Our smallest loan will be paid off in May as well. Getting there.
    Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

    PAD started 27/01/09 - £11,890 extra paid off debt. Total Debt paid off £57,073
    Loan £543, CC 0% BT £55, Car loans £19,334.35

    Have a Debt Free Diary to try & keep spending in check.
    • sashybo
    • By sashybo 24th Jan 19, 10:12 PM
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    Well DH has re-threaded the big pipe under the kitchen sink which has stopped some of the leaking but not all. I think it's the same issue we had when we moved into this house (when it was brand new)

    The plumbers the builders sent obviously didn't care & just kept saying they didn't know why there was a leak/put sealant everywhere/said it was just condensation. We'll probably need to get a (decent) plumber out as neither of us can see any obvious place where the water is coming from.

    Just took DS out for a run around the garden today as there was black ice everywhere & I didn't want to risk going down (or getting back up) the hill we live on. Plus DH went to work with DS's car seat still in his car.

    I have sorted out my seeds (veg/flowers & DH's chillies) by stacking them in piles by month so we know when to sow them & sticking a big post it on the top of each pile. Looking forward to growing mini cucumbers again for DS, he loved them last year.

    I need to get the sweet peas sown in the propagator in the next few days. They can live happily in the bathroom, will just need to keep them out of DS's reach. DH will probably start his chillies off in the next week or two and we can start chatting the seed potatoes then too. Got arran pilot again for the earlies & roosters for the main crop variety. Will start the tomatoes in February too I think, only going to do some sungold & maybe tumbling toms.

    Looking forward to getting back into the garden properly & DS will love it too. I want to get him a long trough like pot to fill with compost & will give him a wee spade and he can play in the mud all he likes. He was rolling around in the muddy, freezing wet grass this afternoon. Thank goodness for puddle suits & wellies.

    I was cutting back some of my climbing rose today & found a small infestation of green fly!!! How are they even alive in this weather! I cut the offending branch off & squashed the horrible things but will need to keep an eye out now.

    Made corned beef hash for dinner as it's good cold weather food & easy to make - DS had never tried it but really enjoyed it. Also made an egg & butter free chocolate cake using a recipe stolen from Wannabe's thread (posted by Cherryfudge). It was lovely & DS loved licking the spoon & then having a piece of the end result.

    Still haven't hoovered & need to do a pile of ironing, so of course I'm putting that off until tomorrow.
    Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

    PAD started 27/01/09 - £11,890 extra paid off debt. Total Debt paid off £57,073
    Loan £543, CC 0% BT £55, Car loans £19,334.35

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    • WannabeFree
    • By WannabeFree 25th Jan 19, 12:25 AM
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    If the pipe has been over threaded you'll probably find just a new connector fixes it (a couple of pounds at a DIY store) It did mine. Possibly worth a try before the cost of a plumber? Don't shout at me if it isn't that though

    Good to hear the CC and loan are nearly gone

    We can't wait for the nicer weather either.

    Hope you get a good nights sleep
    x
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    • sashybo
    • By sashybo 25th Jan 19, 10:07 AM
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    Thanks W, it's worth a try with the sink. I have no idea about these things, I'm not very practical unlike my mum, much to her despair. She loves building things & doing DIY, I'm too lazy for that.

    I had a really nice sleep for a change actually, DS only woke once, shortly after I went to bed so I was still awake. It's worse being woken up with him crying.

    It's a lot milder here today, just wet so hopefully we'll go out into the garden later for a wee while. DS can run about & I'll prep the propagator trays for the sweet peas & sow the seeds.

    Waiting in for a couple of parcels, one is the frame for the print for part of the 60th birthday present at work. Fingers crossed they come in the morning so we can go into the garden after lunch & then DS can have his nap. He hates having to come back into the house, there's lots of screaming & kicking and I have to wrestle him back in the door.

    Feeling a bit apprehensive about DS staying overnight at my mum's tomorrow night. It makes sense as both DH & I need to leave around 5:30am on Sunday for work but I've never been away from him overnight. I know he'll be fine but I also know I'll worry anyway.

    Got a £10 am@zon voucher through from SB this morning so have used it towards a storage box for wrapping paper. I really know how to live. At least I only had to pay £1.99 "real" money towards it.

    DS is watching Mr Tumble on the tv, he loves that guy, I can hear him giggling. DS is a proper tellybug atm.

    Have ordered a £10 next voucher from sas so that I can use it towards some pyjamas for DH's birthday - they're one of the only places that do a decent leg length for DH.

    Have to wait for it to arrive in the post though, wish they did them electronically it would be much easier as I'm ordering the stuff online anyway. Can't face taking DS shopping as it's tantrum central these days, he just starts screaming & crying as soon as we set foot in a clothes shop.
    Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

    PAD started 27/01/09 - £11,890 extra paid off debt. Total Debt paid off £57,073
    Loan £543, CC 0% BT £55, Car loans £19,334.35

    Have a Debt Free Diary to try & keep spending in check.
    • sashybo
    • By sashybo 26th Jan 19, 11:05 AM
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    My parcels arrived around lunchtime yesterday which was good.

    Got my sweet pea seeds sown whilst DS was running riot in the garden - rolling about in mud again & even eating dirt when my back was turned. He loves just being outdoors & it was really windy which he always thinks is hilarious.

    My storage box arrived this morning for the wrapping paper & it's great - all my wrapping paper is now in one place (Christmas & Birthdays) & under my bed nice and tidy. It's sad how happy that makes me.

    Did a quick hoover in the living room yesterday but still need to do upstairs. Bathrooms & ironing also need doing - I rarely iron anymore but there is a small pile of things that really do need ironing before they can be worn.

    Ordered a couple of tops for DH - he already has one the same & practically lives in it so thought I'd get another 2 so at least he can wear it in different colours. Just waiting on the voucher so I can order his pjs & that's him done for his birthday next week. Have already got him some slipper socks & a bottle of gin.

    MIL said she likes the toiletries that I ordered for her birthday so that's good. Pretty sure DH has forgotten to order birthday cards for her though. I told him to do it as I always handle all of the birthday admin for both sides of the family plus our friend's children and I think he could at least take responsibility for his own mum & dad. I ordered the present for MIL as she probably wouldn't have gotten anything otherwise & the PIL are going on holiday next week for a month, so not even as though DH could just send something late. *sigh*

    Doing a couple of surveys & browsing about online buct need to get the towels out of the TD and put away. Probably have enough clothes for a dark washing too. Also need to get DS's things together to take to my mum's later.

    Not looking forward to getting up at 5am for work 3 days in a row.
    Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

    PAD started 27/01/09 - £11,890 extra paid off debt. Total Debt paid off £57,073
    Loan £543, CC 0% BT £55, Car loans £19,334.35

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    • elsien
    • By elsien 26th Jan 19, 11:15 AM
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    Delurking as a DIY numpty to mention PTFE tape which sorted my small leak - that and/or a new joint is worth a try.

    *Goes back to lurking.*
    All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.

    Pedant alert - it's could have, not could of.
    • sashybo
    • By sashybo 28th Jan 19, 9:56 PM
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    Hi elsien, thanks for de-lurking with that tip. DH thinks the leak might be coming from the connector going to either the dishwasher or the fridge (we have a line connected to filter water). He needs to get in & have a proper look but we're working opposite shifts this week & he has DS during the day so no chance to look in the cupboard without DS "helping".

    Speaking of DS he was an angel for my mum & slept the full night until 8am the next morning! He didn't even really bother about us leaving him, just looked a bit concerned. I suppose he's used to us leaving him with my mum & knows we always come back for him. Both DH & I felt a bit tearful leaving him which was a bit silly really. He was fine & enjoyed himself the next day too as his cousins came to visit, one is 2 & the other is nearly 4 so good company for him.

    On my break at work today I had a wander around m&s and got 2 thermal t-shirts for DH for £10 (he wears them under his uniform shirt as it's too thin), a long sleeved thermal top for myself for £3.99, a normal long sleeved top for £5 & 5 pairs of pants for £5. Also had £10 voucher so got the lot for £13.99 "real" money.

    DH has ordered his mum's birthday cards. I only had to nag remind him once.

    One more early shift tomorrow then two days off then doing one early shift overtime on Friday. Spent last night working through my diary checking my roster, DH's shifts & my mum's shifts for March to make sure we have childcare cover on the days I'm working.

    There are a lot of days in March where DH & I overlap shifts by an hour or two. My mum can do some but not all so I've managed to swap 4 shifts in March & DH has had to swap one.

    We've been quite lucky so far that we've only needed my mum to help a couple of times a month for a few hours at a time so the number of days we're needing help in March has been a bit of a shock. It's such a pain though that it's always me that has to sort it all out & tell DH which days he needs to try & swap or change shifts.

    Housework is at minimum as we're both working the same days this week. DH did manage to put a washing & the DW on before he left for work today. He practically had to run out the door as soon as I pulled into the driveway so that he got to work on time. I took DS out into the garden for half an hour then spent near enough another half an hour trying to convince him to go for a nap. Then hung up the washing & washed some dishes before trying not to fall asleep on the couch.
    Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

    PAD started 27/01/09 - £11,890 extra paid off debt. Total Debt paid off £57,073
    Loan £543, CC 0% BT £55, Car loans £19,334.35

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    • sashybo
    • By sashybo 2nd Feb 19, 12:22 PM
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    We all went for a dental check up on Wednesday, dentist said my teeth were lovely & clean so nothing needed done and didn't have to pay either. DH had a scale & polish and DS had his teeth checked too. DS was being a monkey pushing the dentist's hands away & shaking his head to make it difficult for her to check in his mouth. She got there in the end & all looking good.

    We had lunch in the big Swedish shop & DS ate well although we had a few screaming fits before & after as he hates shops. He was lying on the floor screaming at one point so I just stepped over him & left him to it but he got up & tried to run down behind the fridges in the cafeteria. Caught him just in time. We bought a houseplant & some narcissus bulbs which I need to plant out in a big pot.

    Thankfully we've not had any snow so far but it was -7 the other morning when I was going to work on my overtime shift.

    Went to Mr Al's yesterday after work as had to go home & collect DH & DS to drop DH off to collect his car from the garage. DH needed his cam belt replaced plus service & MOT so a big bill. Fortunately the mechanic had told DH at his last service that the cam belt would need doing so we had enough time to save up the majority of the money.

    It's DH's birthday today so we have had a lazy morning. We're going to our friend's 60th birthday party tonight & DS is staying with my mum again.

    My sweet peas have started showing green shoots so they are happy on the bathroom windowsill. Will plant my tomato seeds in the next week or so too.

    Whilst DS was in the bath the other night I tidied & organised 2 baskets we have on the (wide) windowsill in the bathroom & it looks much better. I found some fake tan which I think is quite old & I should probably throw it out but don't want to as it was expensive. It's silly really as it's my own fault - that money was wasted when I didn't use much of the bottle. I read somewhere that old fake tan can turn you green! I will throw it out soon.
    Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

    PAD started 27/01/09 - £11,890 extra paid off debt. Total Debt paid off £57,073
    Loan £543, CC 0% BT £55, Car loans £19,334.35

    Have a Debt Free Diary to try & keep spending in check.
    • WannabeFree
    • By WannabeFree 2nd Feb 19, 1:03 PM
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    Glad all is looking good with you Sashy, I hope you have a lovely day today/tonight

    x
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    • sashybo
    • By sashybo 4th Feb 19, 10:40 AM
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    Hi W, thanks. The party was good but a bit odd as ended up at the same table as several managers from work. It was a bit awkward. The drinks were quite expensive too considering we were in a bowling club, don't know why they were so pricey.

    We were home for about quarter past midnight & sat watching a couple of episodes Benidorm on Netflix. We're so exciting. DS had a good night at my mum's too.

    My sweet peas are shooting up! Think I'll need to move them into pots already, might do that today as it's lovely and sunny outside although still chilly. DS can run about the garden whilst I do that plus plant the narcissi bulbs I bought last week. I could also sow my tomato seeds & prep the heated propagator for DH's chillies. Will start chitting the seed potatoes in the next week too. Looking forward to getting back into the garden properly. Need to get DH to look at pruning the raspberry canes back as think we should have done that ages ago.

    Still have a giant pile of ironing to do, kitchen floor to brush & clean and bathrooms to clean too. Will probably neglect it all to go out into the garden.
    Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

    PAD started 27/01/09 - £11,890 extra paid off debt. Total Debt paid off £57,073
    Loan £543, CC 0% BT £55, Car loans £19,334.35

    Have a Debt Free Diary to try & keep spending in check.
    • sashybo
    • By sashybo 7th Feb 19, 9:45 PM
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    Needless to say I neglected my housework to go out into the garden the other day. I got my sweet peas into pots & have them in the bathroom. Have sown the tomato seeds, chilli seeds & a couple of sweet peppers now so will wait and see if they germinate. Also manage to pot the narcissus bulbs up.

    DS hasn't been very well, has had a bit of a cold & a temperature and even refused to eat the other day. He only managed two bits of carrot & then promptly threw up all over me. He wasn't sick again but was most indignant when he didn't get his bedtime milk in case it upset his tummy again.

    He's a lot better now, temp has come down today but of course he was screaming yesterday when I had to leave him to go to work. I felt so bad, he always seems to get ill when I need to go to work. I swapped a shift so working Saturday instead of today. Work was fine thankfully, not too stressful.

    Finally did my huge pile of ironing the other night, most of which was DH's shirts! Also brushed the kitchen floor but didn't clean it.

    Have had a very lazy day today & done the bare bare minimum.
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    • redofromstart
    • By redofromstart 9th Feb 19, 10:38 AM
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    You've reminded me that I need to sort my seeds out, thanks. I sort them into month planting order too.
    • sashybo
    • By sashybo 17th Feb 19, 11:15 PM
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    Hi redo, thanks for popping by, much easier to sort the seeds out by month & gives me more of a visual of how much needs done!

    Have had quite a few sungold tomato seedlings pop up, need to pot them soon, will try to do it tomorrow. Need to start chitting the seed potatoes too.

    Have been MIA due to feeling absolutely rubbish, don't know what I've caught but feeling exhausted & sicky. Two early shifts at work this week were very bad as I just felt ill for most of them then had to go home & deal with DS on my own as DH working lates. DS still not completely himself so this bug seems to be lingering, although it could be a different bug altogether by now.

    My younger nephew (12) stayed overnight last week & was a good help with DS, it's very sweet as they love each other to bits. DH & I played a board game with him after dinner (& DS put to bed) and think he enjoyed himself. He even got the bus up to our house & back again into town to meet his friends the next afternoon. Scary how quickly they grow up though.

    I went to the chiropractor on Wednesday & did the quickest Mr Al shop ever before my appointment - 20 mins! I was well impressed with myself. Obviously DS was at home with his dad, not with me at the time.

    Today has been another fairly lazy day - DH was late shift last night, home at 1am & working early tomorrow (up at 3am ) and I'm still feeling exhausted. We got up late & had pancakes for brunch then DS & I fell asleep on the couch whilst DH played computer games. I made goulash in the slow cooker for dinner (chucked the stuff in when I got up) & added dumplings to it later. Made chocolate cake for pudding so the boys were happy.

    Want to get out into the garden tomorrow as DS & I both need the fresh air & I can prep some pots for my tomato seedlings. Hopefully it warms up soon so I can put my sweet pea seedlings out into the greenhouse but we keep getting the odd frosty snap overnight so don't think I can risk it yet.

    Have barely done any surveys etc as just haven't felt like even picking the tablet up.
    Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

    PAD started 27/01/09 - £11,890 extra paid off debt. Total Debt paid off £57,073
    Loan £543, CC 0% BT £55, Car loans £19,334.35

    Have a Debt Free Diary to try & keep spending in check.
    • Scott-Weiland
    • By Scott-Weiland 18th Feb 19, 12:04 AM
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    No surveys done jaysus things must be bad. I hope all is okay. Btw are you using receipt hog??And Qmee?
    • sashybo
    • By sashybo 18th Feb 19, 11:36 AM
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    Hi Scott, yes I know I'm really not feeling well when the surveys get neglected. Hopefully I'll get over it soon.

    Yes using Qmee thanks, good recommendation. I was using receipt hog but found it took too long to get enough points to redeem, I'm using shoppix which seems better. Have you tried it? I'm also trying instagc which seems ok so far, the plus point is you get your gift card code straight away & can cash in from £1 for am@zon vouchers.

    Used £30 of survey vouchers to buy some new towels last week as some of ours were getting a bit past it. Had to put £14 "real" money towards them too but much better than paying the full amount.
    Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

    PAD started 27/01/09 - £11,890 extra paid off debt. Total Debt paid off £57,073
    Loan £543, CC 0% BT £55, Car loans £19,334.35

    Have a Debt Free Diary to try & keep spending in check.
    • Scott-Weiland
    • By Scott-Weiland 18th Feb 19, 4:11 PM
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    Is it wrong too say i am using both lol

    i have just started using shoppix, the only annoying thing i found re shoppix is you cant upload two different receipts from the same store in the same day. I went shopping this morning i paid cash for some shopping before the gym, then as i had forgot some bits i went back too home bargains after the gym and got the other bits on my card. The net result was shoppix rejected receipt 2 where receipt hog didnt.

    Hmmmmm note too self dont be forgetful do a shopping list.
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